Copa America: Brazil stunned in upset by Peru
Ecuador routs Haiti to advance to Copa quarter-finals
Peru stunned Brazil 1-0 Sunday night, eliminating it from Copa America on a late goal by Raul Ruidiaz that may have been a hand ball.
Peru beat Brazil for the first time in 31 years to win Group B and will face Colombia in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Dominated for most of the game, Peru's Andy Polo managed a takeaway and crossed to Ruidiaz in the box. He deflected the ball into the net, and Brazil keeper Alisson immediately complained the ball also made contact with Ruidiaz's hand. After a lengthy discussion by referees, the goal was allowed in the 75th minute.
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"Perhaps Brazil at one point had the upper hand," Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. "You have to be able to defend well. Peru did a good job of defending and when the time was right for us to attack we attacked."
Ruidiaz's goal came just about 10 minutes after he subbed in for Edison Flores.
Asked if he thought the goal should have been allowed, Gareca declined offer an opinion saying he hadn't seen the replays.
"This is part of the margin of error that exist in every game," he said.
Peru had 10 losses and six draws against Brazil since 1985. Brazil is eliminated after reaching at least the quarterfinals of every Copa America since 1993.
"It was a very disputed game. At the end of the game things happened that aren't dependent on the coaches or players," Brazil coach Dunga said. "They took four minutes to talk about the play. There's no way for the player or coach to influence that."
While the group stage loss could also put Dunga's job in jeopardy, he said he wasn't thinking about his job security.
"I only fear death," Dunga said.
He was definitive in saying the goal was a missed call on the referee's part.
"The fans saw how Brazil was eliminated, the goal was scored with his hand," he said.
Brazil made a handful of lineup changes, starting Lucas Lima in place of suspended midfielder Casemiro. In addition, defender Miranda got the nod over Marquinhos, and forward Gabriel Barbosa started in place of Jonas.
Brazil controlled the pace in the first half but wasn't able to complete any of its attacks all night.
In the 27th minute, Elias found Barbosa with a quick cross, but goalkeeper Pedro Gallese got enough of his fingertips on the ball to tap away Barbosa's left-footed shot toward the left corner of the net.
Then in the 36th minute, Filipe Luis got the ball to a cutting Willian as he found some space at the top of the box. Willian couldn't get off a controlled shot, though, and his attempt sailed wide left.
Gallese came through again a few minutes later, deflecting another Barbosa shot over the top of the crossbar.
Peru had no shots on goal in the first half and struggled to set up chances. Meanwhile, top scorer Jose Guerrero battled through a pair of collisions that sent him to the turf.
In the second incident, in the 29th minute, Guerrero needed attention from the training staff after he was sent to the ground by a knee to the midsection from Gil, and then was kicked in the leg as he tried to clear the ball.
Peru's best scoring opportunity came in a flurry just before the end of the half when Flores got free in box, and appeared to be tripped by Miranda but didn't receive a foul call.
Ecuador clinches quarterfinal berth
Enner Valencia scored and had two assists to help Ecuador beat Haiti 4-0 on Sunday night and advance to the Copa America quarterfinals for the first time since 1997.
Ecuador (1-0-2), which locked up second in Group B play, will play Group A winner United States on Thursday in Seattle.
Valencia fired in a low shot in the 11th minute, taking a long feed from Christian Noboa from the corner of the 6-yard box. Valencia then tapped a layoff to Jaime Ayovi for a roller past goalkeeper Johny Palcide about nine minutes later.
Noboa and Antonio Valencia added goals in the 57th and 78th minutes Ecuador had 22 shots, including 10 on target, compared to just eight for Haiti (0-3-0), which finished the tournament with a minus-11 goal differential.